Tag: Children

Type 1 Diabetes On The Rise

Type 1 Diabetes On The Rise

Parents, please listen up! I have some important research to share with you right now! It has to do with the possibility of preventing the development of type 1 diabetes in your children! When I read the results of this recent study in Science Daily, my heart fell. In a nutshell, it informs us that repeated antibiotic exposure greatly increases…

Nutrition is Essential for Good Mental Health

Proper diet and nutrition provide the building blocks for optimal health. This is also true for mental health. In a recent paper published in The Lancet Psychiatry Today, researchers stated that, as with other medical conditions, the field of psychiatry and public health should recognize and embrace diet and nutrition as important contributors to mental health. “While the determinants of…

Common Pesticide Linked to Increase in ADHD

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects approximately 11 percent of children aged four to 17—that’s 6.4 million children diagnosed as of 2011. Boys are three to four times more likely to be diagnosed than girls. While there are certain hereditary factors that make some children more likely to develop ADHD more than others, environmental factors are also thought to play an…

If Your Child Takes This Laxative You Might Want to Reconsider

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating an ingredient in adult laxatives that are commonly prescribed for children. Polyethylene glycol 3350 (PEG 3350) is the active ingredient in Miralax and other similar products, which are not approved for long-term use even in adults—yet they are commonly prescribed long-term in children. While only very small amounts of PEG 3350 are…

Prenatal BPA Exposure Linked to Poor Lung Function in Children

Asthma rates in children have been climbing over the last thirty years, and experts have identified a number of environmental pollutants, such as tobacco smoke and airborne pollutants, as risk factors for the disease. Some researchers have added the hormone-disrupting chemical bisphenol A (BPA) to the list of potential risk factors for the development of asthma. In a recent study…

Probiotics and Vitamin C Reduce Colds and School Absences

Research continues to show that probiotics promote immune health. In particular, they have been found to have a beneficial effect on upper respiratory tract infections, which include cold and flu. Up to 80 percent of your immune system resides in the gut, so it’s not surprising that gut bacteria play a major role in immune health. A recent study published…

Lead Exposure Linked to Obesity

Lead is a heavy metal that has been linked to a number of health problems, most notably, neurological conditions. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), in at least four million households, children are being exposed to high levels of lead. And yet, no safe blood level in children has been identified, which means that even at low exposure…